Michael Bell expecting response from Pretty Pollyanna

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Trainer Michael Bell is confident stable star Pretty Pollyanna can respond when she competes at Newmarket on Friday afternoon.

The two-year-old has made a strong start to her career for Bell, winning three of her first five races. Victories at Yarmouth, Deavuille and Newmarket have seen her stock rise but she was disappointing last time out.

Pretty Pollyana returned to HQ in September but she only finished fourth during the Cheveley Park Stakes on the Rowley Mile and she steps up to a mile for the first time on Friday.

Jockey Danny Tudhope takes over in the saddle from soon-to-be three-times champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa and Bell is expecting a big run from his charge. Bell said:

“We’re very happy with her well-being. She’s had a relatively easy time since the Cheveley Park, but Danny came and sat on her on Saturday during a couple of canters up Warren Hill and he was very happy.

“We think she should stay seven furlongs, but we are going into uncharted territory over the mile. “It’s 440 yards further than she’s been before, but I’m hopeful regarding the trip and we’re looking forward to it.”

Pretty Pollyana is priced at 4.50 for Friday’s race and she is the second favourite ahead of a highly-competitive race. Aidan O’Brien’s Hermosa is the favourite at 3.50, while he also has Zagitova at odds of 6.50. Harry Bentley will ride Antonio De Vega and the duo are priced at 5.00 to get the job done this week.

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